How Pipeline Safety Programs Really Work

August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8

By Steve Allen, National Chairman and Robert Clarillos, Administrative Manager, National Association of Pipeline Safety Representatives (NAPSR)

State pipeline inspectors are the first line of defense at the community level to enforce pipeline safety rules and regulations (state and federal rules), and in many cases, inspect and enforce state underground utility damage prevention laws. The pipelines inspected by the state programs include gas distribution systems, intrastate transmission lines, interstate transmission lines (if an interstate agency agreement is in place), LNG plants, LP gas (propane) systems, master meter systems, industrial customers and hazardous liquids pipelines. As an example, depending on the type of inspection being performed, state inspectors closely review operating and maintenance…

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